Russian Hackers Suspected of Targeting US Utilities, Nuclear Plants

Suspected Russian hackers have stepped up cyber attacks on utilities in the U.S. and Europe and now have the potential to shut down operations, a tech security firm said in a report Wednesday.

The report by Symantec Corp., a website security firm, which echoed warnings from U.S. government agencies, said the energy sector in Europe and North America is being targeted by a new wave of cyber attacks “that could provide attackers with the means to severely disrupt affected operations.”

Symantec said the new wave of attacks is being carried out by a group called Dragonfly 2.0 — believed to be sophisticated Russian hackers — which targeted dozens of energy companies in the spring…

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